News and Events
2021 Marshall Home Fund Program Grants: Information Session
When: February 23, 2021
Where: Via Zoom
RSVP for details and zoom link: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn about MHF's priorities and guidelines for the 2021 Program Grants. Application forms will be avialable after the session.
Marshall Home Fund 2020 Fall Forum: High Tech and Low Tech Online Outreach to Isolated Older Adults
Held on December 8, 2:00-3:00
This online forum provided information on how Watertown organizations are delivering online programs and services to isolated older adults during the time of COVID. Representatives from 3 agencies described how they are providing social engagement, mental stimulation, and individualized assistance to older adults with and without internet access.
Tele-Fun: Erin Fragola, Perkins Library Outreach Coordinator, described a low-tech, fun program in which Perkins patrons use their phone to connect with other Perkins Library patrons from across the state. Participants engage in a host of activities: games, audio-described films, radio dramas and more, scheduled for almost every day.
Online Enrichment Programs: Anne-Marie Gagnon, Director of the Watertown Senior Center, talked about the various zoom programs that are available to older adults, including exercise, book clubs and lectures.
Friendly Visitor Program: Karen Chisholm, Manager of Springwell’s Friendly Visitor Program, described their phone outreach to vulnerable individuals
Resources to Help You Help Isolated Older Adults
How Innovative Community Responses to COVID-19 Support Healthy Aging: This report, funded by Tufts Health Plan Foundation, describes how communities in Massachusetts have come together to assess emerging needs, provide credible information, expand access to services, and provide opportunities for older adults and caregivers to connect with each other and with their neighbors.
Hi Tech and Low Tech Ways to Engage Socially Isolated Older Adults: A section of the website, "Strategies for Engaging Older Adults in This Era of 'Social Distancing'" created by the Penn State Intergenerational Program Includes links to webpages with a recording of a Penn State Extension webinar on this topic (April 15, 2020) and relevant video clips, articles, organizations, and other resources.
Next MHF Board Meeting
April, 2021, 4:00-5:30. Location: TBA